In 2008, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet traffic-routing system — a vulnerability so severe that it could allow intelligence agencies, corporate spies or criminals to intercept massive amounts of data, or even tamper with it on the fly. The traffic hijack, they showed, could be done in such a way that no one would notice because the attackers could simply re-route the traffic to a router they controlled, then forward it to its intended destination once they were done with it, leaving no one the wiser about what had occurred.
For the past couple years, Apple users in Canada and Europe have had Apple’s 12 Days of Christmas to look forward to for some post Xmas freebies, and this year, us lowly Americans can now get in on the action. All you have to so is download the app and wait. On December 26th, every day for twelve days, Apple will be giving away an iOS freebie. Sometimes it’s a movie, an episode of a TV show, books, music, games or apps. Viva la free shit!
Spread out of 4chan, many Xbox One owners have been tricked into bricking their new consoles, with the promise that the six steps would unlock special, unpublished features. Instead, the glitch forces the Xbox into a permanent and endless loop of reboots that renders the system useless. Microsoft has not yet respond, so it’s unknown whether affected users will get some sort of fix or replacement.
It’s bad enough that the NSA is mining your phone calls, emails and text messages, but they’ve also got spooks inside games like World of Warcraft, trying to break up Orc terrorist cells and fucking up your raid with shitty healers. In addition to WoW, the NSA has also put down stakes in Second Life and on Xbox Live, so be careful of the noobs you’re griefing, because one may just be a spy.
Delivering babies can be difficult sometimes, and doctors have invented bigger tongs and suction cups to extract difficult infants, but a car mechanic from Argentina has shown the world it can be easier, quicker and safer to just suck difficult babies out with something like a Dustbuster. Even the head of the World Health Organization has praised the ingenuity of Jorge Odon’s invention.
Right now, the only way malware or any other chunk of computer code can get from one machine to the other is through wires of some sort. But scientists in Germany have discovered they could transmit small amounts of data small distances through empty air using high pitched inaudible sound waves. This experiment can be used to get a step ahead of future hackers who might be able to exploit your computer’s built-in microphone and speakers to receive and transmit data without plugging anything up to anything else.
Yes, the NSA is a spy agency, working for one of the most technologically advanced nations in human history, and thanks to the likes of Edward Snowden, everyone knows they’ve got their tentacles in everyone’s pies, but fuck, you think they’d come up with a somewhat more subtle logo than a giant octopus enveloping the Earth with the phrase “Nothing is Beyond Our Reach” to put on a spy satellite that was just launched into orbit.This is something out of The Illuminatus Trilogy made real.
After being the hottest thing since Jesus when they launched in the late 90s, Tamgotchi kinda fell off the map for a while. But next fall, Bandai is launching an all new series of Tamagotchi called Tamagotchi Friends. They look similar to the old ones, only this time, you have your choice of pets to raise and the egg shaped devices come with connectivity, so your Tamagotchi can visit a friend’s Tamagotchi, so they can cry on each others shoulders about how their neglected and poop on each others floors.
Just because he could, and to try and prove a point, independent security researcher Evan Booth went about to discover whether one, if so inclined, could create deadly weapons only found or purchased past TSA checkpoints at an airport. The answer is very yes, as Booth went all kinds of prison crazy in creating bludgeons, shotguns, nunchuku, knives and all kinds of other weapons using only items purchased from airport gift shops and food stands. He seems to think this is a huge breach of security, but the NSA has yet to respond, probably because everyone knows that you can make a deadly weapon literally out of anything if you’re clever enough and determined enough. Still, he’s put together a pretty impressive arsenal.